Home' Tennant and District Times : 2018-0323 TDT Contents TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 23 MARCH 2018 7
letters to the editor
OUR town has found
national notoriety in
the last few weeks
and we are losing
track of the reason
why – it’s no longer
about a little girl and
the kids and families
that live here and who
are in trouble.
This whole issue has
been hijacked by politi-
cians fighting for survival.
Check the article in the
Sunday Territorian by the
Member for Namatjira,
Chansey Paech, who calls
for an end to the politi-
cal point scoring and the
blame game and then
spends his entire column
doing exactly that, sprout-
ing the same old rhetoric
we have heard a million
times, with underlying
inferences of racism - the
first defence mechanism of
a failed system.
And we are copping the
same from our long stand-
ing and most senior repre-
sentative in Government
Gerry McCarthy, whose
public attacks on our May-
or, from his position as
Minister for local Govern-
ment raise the question of
ethics. He regales us with
the magnificent achieve-
ments of himself and the
ALP, all snake oil and no
The desperate need of
our politicians to retain
their seats on the gravy
train is over-shadowing
the desperate needs of our
kids, their families and
and flooding the town
with police may tempo-
rarily quell the chaos but
it doesn’t address the root
cause and it will not last.
G.D. Egan, Tennant
Root of town’s
not be fixed by
OUT of 350 schools Australia wide Tennant Creek High
School was one of six schools in Australia that the Aus-
tralian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Author-
ity (ACARA) identified with substantially above average
gain in NAPLAN results for Numeracy and the school
also has a significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Is-
lander student population.
Tennant Creek High School was approached by the media for
comment on Wednesday the 7 March 2018 about the successful
NAPLAN results which provided a good news story for Tennant
Creek and the Barkly region.
The results are a credit to the dedicated staff members at Tennant
Creek High School who work closely with students to target their
Further to this staff at Tennant Creek High School would like
to acknowledge and recognise the hard work and effort that the
students have put in to achieve such great results.
We encourage students to give everything a go and do their best.
– School Council Members, Tennant Creek High School.
High School kicks goals in NAPLAN
EDITOR’S NOTE: The gain referred to by ACARA com-
pares TCHS results to previous years, schools with
similar students (based on the Index of Community
Socio-Educational Advantage) and other students
with similar NAPLAN average score starting points.
According to this methodology, TCHS is making gains.
Students at TCHS are now performing ‘below’ or ‘close to’
schools with similar students.
However for both Year 7 and Year 9 the school average across
all tested areas has been consistently ‘substantially below’ other
The same applies to the TC Primary School which is even
‘below’ and ‘substantially below’ schools with similar students.
The 2017 NAPLAN results show TCHS was tailing schools
with similar students although results were classified within the
‘close to’ range.
Academic improvement is not an indicator of academic achieve-
ment and, sadly, TCHS students, like those at the Tennant Creek
Primary School, are lagging way behind other Australian students.
The Tennant Times is aware there are lots of positive outcomes at
the High School and we did not seek to blame or chastise teachers
or students for the results.
The story was a simply a report on NAPLAN results. Obviously
Tennant Creek’s social problems are complex and the level of
education is symptomatic of a much bigger crisis but it’s not fair
to anyone, students especially, to rewrite a tragedy with a happy
ending. That would be akin to putting lipstick on a pig.
The graph shows TCHS average student achievement in NA-
PLAN. Readers can check out the TCHS results for themselves
on the NAPLAN website at myschool.edu.au/school/50007.
l Tennant Creek High School average student achievement in NAPLAN.
l Email letters to email@example.com. Deadline is 4pm each Tuesday.
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reflect those of the Editor. It is the policy of the Tennant & District Times that letter writers may request the use of a pseudonym or that their name may be withheld. Letters to the Editor
should not be confused with news coverage or editorials for which the Editor does take responsibility.
TENNANT Creek is a community with significant ele-
ments of fracture, brokenness and dysfunctionality, but
it is not beyond recovery.
The current community leadership of elected representatives of
the Australian, Territory, Local and Community Institutions contain
many talented and committed people who are not beyond:
• Engaging directly with the 622 families and the individuals that
make up those families in the town;
• Mobilising the same families and individuals to focus on the
causes of brokenness and dysfunctionality;
• Developing the capacity of Tennant Creek families and individu-
als to find solutions to the fracture, brokenness and dysfunctionality;
• Developing plans and programs to implement Tenant Creek based
solutions to the fracture, brokenness and dysfunctionality fracture,
brokenness and dysfunctionality;
• Negotiating with other levels of government and external Na-
tional Non-Government institutions to support the Tennant Creek
• Persuading the other levels of government and external national
non-government institutions to adjust and adapt their current poli-
cies programs and funding for the needs and solutions of Tennant
• Persuading the other levels of government and external National
Non-Government Institutions to provide resources to fill the gaps
identified by the Tennant Creek community;
• Monitoring and adjusting the Tennant Creek plans and processes
as situations either improve, change or when a new challenge
If the Tennant Creek leadership could put aside the differences
between them and engage in all of the above then, the probability
of community collapse would be much reduced and relationships
between institutions, departments, institutions, and families might
For such a transformation to occur, courage, commitment, de-
velopmental thinking and the application of practical and flexible
approaches to process that will take time, strength and a breaking
down of the cop out of “it’s not us its, them, they are the cause”
for the truth of it is that situation in Tennant Creek is a reflection of
history, but it is a history that does not need to be repeated.
- Dr Stu Phillpot, Chapman, ACTT.
Tennant Creek is
not beyond recovery
Editor’s response to NAPLAN letter
WOW! Again our local member still does not un-
derstand that the letters were written on behalf of
the whole council and merely signed by the May-
or as per protocol (More answering to the Mayor,
Once again he mentions the letters seeking answers from
the Government, and how important the answers are to the
constituents and then proceeds to attack the Mayor again.
Using old boxing terminology, talk about “leading with
his chin” hahaha.
I will again remind Mr McCarthy that Mr Edgington was
appointed by his Government prior to the CLP.
As the senior public servant his job was to oversee projects
and program delivery of Government approved works by the
Minister, so his criticism of Mr Edgington’s “self promotion”
is merely informing people of what his job was.
Talk about giving yourself an uppercut under the chin,
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a piece written by our local
member that he hasn’t ‘self promoted’.
I think the words hypocrite or hypocrisy need to be added
somewhere hahaha, leading by the chin.
Just to keep people informed during the four years of CLP
just some of the projects/programs Mr Edgington oversaw
were 15 houses build out Utopia way, $3 million for up-
grading of houses at Elliott which was awarded to a local
Indigenous Company and 18 new dwellings in Tennant
Creek built and leased back to Government under the Real
There were continual maintenance programs throughout
the Barkly community housing which are always ongoing.
The Member then goes on and tries to imply it’s Mr Edg-
ington’s fault that there is still overcrowding and ageing
housing stock throughout the Barkly.
Hmmm, wasn’t your Government in power 11 years prior
to the four years of CLP?
Give yourself another uppercut.
I’m wondering how many rounds we’re going to do this
- Mick Adams, Tennant Creek.
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